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The Early Work of Richard Williams: “Love Me, Love Me, Love Me”

Love Me, Love Me, Love Me

I never noticed until a few nights ago that Richard Williams‘s rarely seen 1962 Love Me, Love Me, Love Me can be viewed online. It was uploaded onto YouTube by the Thief Archive, which is a remarkable collection of over 300 videos related to the life and work of Williams.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    This was classic!

  • I’ve always loved Squidgy Bod, Kenneth Williams’ dry voice over is incredible.

  • Sam Sleiman

    “TheThiefArchive” is run by Garrett Gilchrist, the same person responsible for the wonderful “Recobbled Cut” (which will be updated in the coming months).

    I actually helped Garrett in tracking down a copy of this charming Williams piece.

    “Love Me” appeared in the form of a 16mm print some time ago on eBay. Upon discovering the listing, I immediately notified Garrett of this, but unfortunately, he forgot to place his bid on the item and it ended up going to someone else (who is, apparently, associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Luckily, however, the seller didn’t live too far from where he was, and the two later met up. She agreed to loan it to him for a short time before sending it off to its (now) rightful owner, and Garrett subsequently sent it to Jerry Beck for transferring.

  • Could anybody read, or know what was writen on the film lead?

  • Hank

    Great stuff. I liked Williams’ animation best when it had character like this.What a shame he hasn’t done work this good since the early 1980’s.

    • anonymous

      He’s 78. I think says enough. He is still incredibly talented but like everyone, he’s not going to be pumping out the same kind of quantity and qualiity animation as he one did. It’s a fact.

      • P.

        Sorry, but, are you aware of the Animator’s Survival Kit Animated? Over 32.000 drawings have been made for it, between Williams himself and co-animator Neil Boyle (that’s 2 people), over the course of about 2 years.
        Not to mention the animation of the Kit’s logo, which consists of thousands of drawings of some of the highest quality ever seen in animation. The pencil drawings of the swimmer took Williams 3 hours each to do. There are about 700 of those. And that’s just one character in there.
        At 78, he’s as productive as he ever was, at an artistic level which is about as high as it gets in most people’s eyes, and he is still finding ways to challenge himself. Hats off to that.

        • Alfred von Cervera

          He said in a recent interview that he is working in a short. I hope we can see it soon. I also agree with you, he has been active with his book and the DVD version.

  • CWood

    Is this narrated by Shere Khan (George Sanders)?

  • joe

    Ugh, I’m sorry but that was so damn boring and terrible. I admire William’s skill as an animator, but as a cartoonist and storyteller, his stuff has always fell flat in entertainment value.

    • James

      Don’t be sorry, honestly it’s your loss.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        This was the early 60’s we’re talking about. Williams himself admits of this film being a private joke to himself over the things he had to animate in commercials for other clients. I can certainly see it in it’s design.

  • Oscar Grillo

    Beautiful script by Stan Hayward, who is still around by the way.

  • Julian Carter

    This is all fascinating, but it only reminds me of the ruined The Thief and the Cobbler. Once, Roy Disney tried to save it, but there doesn’t seem to be any VIP backing it now.

    The Garrett Gilchrist restoration, as wonderful as it is, is still undeniably made up of a combination of DVD video, story boards, and very murky VHS quality sequences. If only Gilchrist could obtain the original 35mm reels of the cut Williams footage.

    • To the anonymous poster, even though he is 78, he actually still does pull off incredible animation ever, this is evident when he premiered Circus Drawings almost exactly a year ago in Bristol, and also an animated Logo of the film stars of the Silent film era. He did that! I just only imagine if he still had his studio in Soho London, then we would not have so much CG animated crap all the time. I had the honor to meet him that time, and even for someone of his age, he’s quite an energetic person, although the sad part that got to me is that he mentions worrying of himself dying and not completing an animation. So basically what I’m saying is, Richard Williams still has it in him, he just needs a alot of people :)

      To Julian Carter, who do you think has the original reels or workprint of The Thief and the Cobbler? :)

  • Saw a bit of this on a VHS tape with a documentary about Richard Williams back in 1999 when I was in college . Great to see the whole hilarious, stylish thing here :) that VHS tape of the work print of the thief and the documentary pretty much changed my life.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I bet the documentary was called “Richard Williams & The Thief Who Never Gave Up”! It was produced by Thames Television back around 1982 I believe. A while back I found an original VHS copy of it I paid a hundred bucks for on eBay!

      • To Chris Sobieniak, did you really pay that amount? Was it the really the original? And do you still have it by any chance?

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Yes, yes and yes.

      • Omar Al.

        Sorry for the late reply but damn…and wow! I was wondering if I can ask a HUUGGEE favour from you??? :)